Forest Church

Church for people who feel closer to God outdoors.

Sunday 19th September at 3pm at The Gaer Hillfort, Newport.

Start at the entrance to the hillfort on Gaer Park Road, NP20 3NU.

We will be celebrating the autumnal equinox. Prepare for any weather.

Bring a picnic if you want to stay around afterwards.

For further information email Tim Crahart at timcrahart@yahoo.co.uk

Action for Children Service

There will be a special service next Sunday 8th August, led by the Church Stewards and members of the Action for Children Committee. This will be to celebrate the work of Action for Children and to give thanks for the amazing amount collected this year. An Envelope Collection for Action for Children will be taken at this service.

Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash

In-Person Services

Hello Church Family!

I’m sure many of you are as excited to get back into our church building as I am, even if there is just a hint of uncertainty lingering!

As I’m sure most of you are aware, we will return to our building for worship on the 6th June. This will look very much as it did in that interim period between lockdowns previously. This means that it will be a ‘hybrid’ service (which means it will be made available live on Zoom, then a recording later posted on YouTube).

This also means that, should you wish to worship in the church building, you must ‘book in’ with Debbie Cairns, as currently, we are still limited to 30 people indoors. It is possible that, by the 13th of June, we will be able to have up to 50 indoors. Also like previous occasions, in order to worship in the church building, one must still wear a mask, follow the one-way system, and maintain social distancing as much as possible.

It is certainly my hope that, in the near future, we’ll be able to worship again with a full house, with no masks or other restrictions—something that is almost difficult to imagine after all this time! In the meantime, though, we press on and continue to worship our God through all of life’s ups, downs, twists, and turns.

Blessings,

Rachel

Private Prayer

The church will be open once a week, for one hour, for private prayer. This will occur on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm.

The same risk assessment and guidelines will apply to this private prayer time as for Sunday morning services, which means that people will need to wear masks, maintain appropriate distance, and follow the one way system in and out. We are not asking at this time for people to book in, though if the number of people coming to pray greatly exceeds our expectations, we may have to implement this system in future.

We hope that some of you will make use of the opportunity for private prayer in our church building and that you will find it spiritually nourishing as we press on toward that light at the end of the tunnel.

Blessings,

Rachel

New Hub Plan

Plan Mar – May 2021

Unfortunately this quarter we cannot have a full Plan of worship for all our Churches and Chapels. The intention is to have a full Plan for the quarter beginning June 6th.

What this Plan does reflect is the on-line Acts of Worship that will definitely take place in this next quarter. Chepstow and Caldicot in one Hub, Monmouth and Trellech (at 5.00 PM) in another; St. Julian’s in a third and Trinity in the fourth. If you wish to access these Services the contact details are available. We also have on-line Services planned for Maundy Thursday (April 1st) Good Friday (April 2nd) Easter Sunday (April 4th) and Ascension Day (Thursday May 13th).

The vaccination programme seems to be going well, and with the coming of warmer weather the future looks brighter. It may be that your Church/Chapel may open, safely, for prayer or an act of worship in these next three months. As local Stewards, local Local Preachers and local Ministers, these may be collaborative and joyful occasions, but they will not be part of this formal Plan, for I, in the role of Superintendent Minister, have deemed that we will only have the tried-and-tested on-line Services as our planned acts of worship.

I hope that this is a ‘one-off’. As a Circuit we will try and keep you informed of what is happening, and please do keep your ear to the ground in your locality, and may the Living God, revealed in Jesus Christ and confirmed through the Holy Spirit, bless us in the days, months and years ahead.

Gordon

Christmas Services

Please see below for our Christmas Services.

Wednesday, the 9th December at 7:30pm – Circuit Blue Christmas Service via Zoom*.


Sunday 20th December 10:00am – Nativity video Presentation by Junior and Messy Church Families in Sunday Holy Communion Service on Zoom.


Sunday 20th December at 4:00pm – St. Mary’s Carols by Candlelight service, broadcast live on YouTube.


Christmas Eve at 11:30pm – ‘Midnight’ Holy Communion Service on Zoom


Christmas Day at 10:00am – Zoom Service for all!


*Details for all Zoom services will be made available closer to the date of the service.

Wales Lockdown

We must now go into this further lockdown in Wales. For us at Chepstow this means that we cannot offer ‘in church’ worship. Our services will be held via Zoom with a live/recorded service from our homes. If you cannot join in via Zoom there will be recorded versions as YouTube links provided via email and on the website for later viewing.

Rev Gordon has written a further circuit letter for December giving advice to the church on lockdown.

Circuit Lockdown Letter December 2020

Advent Calendar

Please do share with friends and family

Advent Calendar

Here’s how it works:

The Advent Calendar is designed to be printed on one sheet front and back. Each day gives us three things to focus on:

  1. Photo prompt: This is a single word which is a prompt for reflection and for taking a picture of something inspired by that word. Then come and join the fun on social media! Use the hashtag #Godiswithus on your posts & to see what others are posting! I will be posting each day on the Monmouth Instagram account! (@monmmouthmethodistchurch) 
  2. Piece of music: I have chosen a piece of music for each day, trying for a variety of classic hymns/carols and newer music. If you would like to listen to the exact version I chose, you can check out the Spotify playlist linked on the calendar. (Spotify is free but does require an account.) If you don’t want to or can’t use Spotify, no worries! Just listen to your favorite version of the song listed (I left titles of carols/hymns generic) or Google for the song if it is a new or unfamiliar one. 
  3. Prayer: I have written a one-line prayer for each day. 

 The calendar will also pair with the daily worship sheets as both the word of the day and the prayer were each inspired by the lectionary readings for the day, which I expand on in the daily worship.

Blessings,

Bethany 

Great News!

Back to Worship in Church: we can now meet in Church as a group for services. 

A number of safety measures have been put in place. Please do read this carefully and follow the guidelines/instructions to keep everyone safe from Covid-19. 

There will be a maximum of 30 including the Minister/Lay Preacher, Musicians and Stewards allowed in church. To ensure we keep to this number there is a “booking system”. Please contact Debbie Cairns seatbooking@chepstowmethodist.org.uk at least two days before a service to indicate that you and, if appropriate, members of your family will be attending giving names and a contact phone number.

However, if you cannot be at a service you will still be able to be see the service via a Zoom link. Services will be available as podcasts later on a Sunday, on the the Church website in the usual way.

Welsh ‘Firebreak’

Hello Chepstow Methodist Friends,

Just when it seemed like things might be getting a little bit back to ‘normal’—or at least a ‘new normal’—we must now go into this ‘fire break’ lockdown in Wales for just over two weeks. What this means for us at Chepstow is that Worship will be held via Zoom at our normal worship time of 10:00am, but with a pre-recorded service being screened by Cliff at this time. If people are unable to attend that screening at 10:00am, there will still be a YouTube link provided for later viewing.

Obviously, this is a little disappointing for us, but we are hopeful that this will just be for the next three Sundays (the 25th October and the 1st and 8th November) and that we will be able to return to in-person Worship with pre-booked attendance on the 15th November. I want to thank Cliff Randall, especially, and all those who are involved in keeping us as connected as possible during these difficult and uncertain times. We hope to ‘see’ you in Worship on Zoom these next three weeks, or either on Zoom or in person on the 15th.

Blessings,

Rev. Rachel